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3.5 stars, rounded up.
Not quite as good as Heir of Fire, the loss of magic did take away some of the love I was starting to feel for the Throne of Glass series. However, I did enjoy all of the plotting and sneaking around. Even if it was highly unrealistic, and they should’ve been caught so many times.
Lysandra is definitely a new fave. She’s a unique and refreshing addition to the male-heavy cast of characters, especially because the whole ‘territorial Fae‘ thing can get pretty annoying; it’s nice to have another woman around willing to stand up for herself.
There were many good parts here involving plotting and action; the plot to free Aedion, the long-awaited Arobynn storyline, Dorian’s fight against the darkness, trying to free magic and unseat the King. But there was a lot of downtime, too – while Aelin is off doing typical Aelin things (keeping secrets, making plans no one is allowed to know about, keeping her court out of the loop), everyone else sits around a lot and wait for things to happen. Also, Chaol gets slightly better over time but is still super judgemental and annoying for most of Queen of Shadows.
The witches/wyverns/Elide storyline is bubbling with potential – I can’t wait to get more out of them. And I’m very much looking forward to more magic in Empire of Storms. Here’s hoping we didn’t peak with Heir of Fire…
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